Legalisation of Dutch documents for use abroad
If you want to use a Dutch document in another country, you usually need to have it legalised first. This is done with a special stamp or sticker. The process is normally completed at the foreign country’s embassy or consulate.
- Business documents
- Diplomas and certificates
- Government-issued documents
- Legal documents
What is legalisation and why is it required?
Legalisation makes documents, like diplomas and civil status documents, suitable for use in another country. It shows that a document has been issued by a competent authority.
The legalisation procedure depends on the type of document:
- official copies of civil status documents
- passport photocopies
- residence documents
- lists of grades
- proof of enrolment in a course
- medical certificates
- medication certificates
- powers of attorney
- court orders
- documents drawn up by a lawyer
documents drawn up by a notary
- articles of association
- analytical reports
- export documents
- certificates of origin
The CDC can legalise documents from certain Dutch organisations directly if the document includes the name and signature of an authorised staff member at the organisation.